By Tabora Bojang
As part of their corporate social responsibility geared towards national development, Trust Bank Gambia Limited has recently awarded top ten outstanding students in recognition of their excellent academic performances in the Gambia Basic Education Certificate Examination (Gabece) 2017.
The event which marked the 15th edition of the excellence in the millennium Awards initiated by the first Gambian bank TBL is aimed at honouring and celebrating the efforts and hard work of outstanding students who graduated from grade 9 for their academic brilliance.
Each of the ten awardees received a certificate of excellence, cash amount of D5, 000 and brand new tablet, with St. Therese’s Upper Basic School receiving a combined sum of D30, 000 for producing the best student and for being the school with the highest number of awardees.
“I wish to congratulate you for your hard work and dedication and say a big thank you to your parents for the moral support and guidance. It is without doubt that all of you have strived to do your best in order to be part of this occasion and I believe that represents the true spirit of this award ceremony,” Ebrima Sallah, the managing Director Trust Bank Gambia told the winners at the award ceremony at Kairaba.
MD Sallah maintained that the purpose of the awards is to promote quality education and acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of hardworking and deserving boys and girls while assuring his institution’s continuous support and partnership with MoBSE in advancing the country’s educational sector.
The awardees are Jerreh Saidy, Ancha Sarr, Philip M Goba, Oumie Faal, Ndey Mariam Camara and Uyamadu Rejoice Favour all from St. Therese’s Upper Basic School, Licka Sarr Ndow’s Comprehensive School, Jabou M Jadama Kunkujang Keitaya Upper Basic and Cherno S Jallow from Tahir Ahmadiyaa Upper basic respectively.
Claudia A Cole, minister of basic and secondary education acknowledged the fruitful partnership that exists between MoBSE and Trust Bank Gambia in recent years, describing it as a clear manifestation of the importance the bank attaches to its corporate social responsibilities.
“We are pleased that you take this journey with MoBSE in inspiring and motivating students as we strive to providing a better and quality education for children in The Gambia,” she said.
Sheikh Trawally, the public relations officer for Trust Bank Gambia Limited, added: “As one of the largest employers in the country, Trust Bank Gambia values the human capital and that is why education and health are given prominence in our corporate social responsibility program.”
“The well being of the Gambian people has always been at the centre of all our collaboration with government and as a proud Gambian bank, TBL carries a great deal of responsibility and Gambians have high expectations of us and things we do through our corporate social responsibility program are geared towards living up to those expectations. This is why we annually set aside a good chunk of our profits to support our national education and health sector as a way of complementing government’s efforts,” PRO Trawally said.